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Russia launches website dedicated to flagging ‘fake news’

‘This article puts forward information that does not correspond to reality.’<p>The Russian foreign ministry this week announced a new part of its website dedicated to flagging media reports that it considers to be “fake news,” in a bid to counter accusations that the Kremlin has been spreading its own …

Russia

'Robot lawyer' that overturned 160,000 parking tickets now helping refugees

A chat bot that helped overturn 160,000 parking tickets is now giving free legal aid to asylum-seeking refugees through Facebook.<p>DoNotPay, which has been dubbed the world’s first robot lawyer, was created by London-born Stanford University student Joshua Browder.<p>The 20-year-old, who has made …

WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents

WASHINGTON — In what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks released on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.<p>The documents …

Surveillance

Major cyberattack seller knocked offline as it faces arrests

One of the more popular cyberattack peddlers just came crashing down. Israeli law enforcement has arrested Yarden Bidani and Itay Huri as part of an FBI investigation into their alleged control of vDOS, one of the most popular paid attack platforms. According to information unearthed by security …

iPhone secure with a very easy trick

We spend most of our time on our smartphones. Be it for fun and entertainment, or carrying out your office work, or to make your life easy using a …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

The Brain

'It will be called Americanism': the US writers who imagined a fascist future

From Sinclair Lewis and Philip Roth to Donald Trump’s favourite film, Citizen Kane, US culture has long told stories about homegrown authoritarianism. What can we learn from them?<p>“To have enslaved America with this hocus-pocus! To have captured the mind of the world’s greatest nation without …

Literature

North Korea jails US citizen for 10 years on spying charge

The imprisonment of Kim Dong Chul, who is of Korean origin, follows a 15-year sentence for American student Otto Warmbier<p>North Korea has sentenced an American of Korean origin to 10 years in prison for spying and stealing state secrets.<p>Kim Dong Chul, 62, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with …

North Korea

A DIY Platform For Building Devices You Control With Your Mind

Who needs a neuroscience degree? OpenBCI is the first open-source prototyping platform for brain-computer interfaces.<p>Remember that wacky mind-controlled lifecasting camera we wrote about a while back? What if you had your own idea for a brain-computer interface–that is, a product that you control …

Prototyping

How Do We Fight Back Against Trump and His Fake News, Fake Media Propaganda?

During a recent CNN segment with Don Lemon, panelist Karine Jean-Pierre pointed out that Donald Trump is continuing to profit off his business while …

Donald Trump

Amazon's Door Lock API makes Alexa commands even easier

Select smart locks now have native Alexa support, so you can simply say: "Alexa, lock my front door."<p>Amazon today simplified smart locks for Alexa, by adding a Door Lock API to its Alexa Skills Kit. This API, or application program interface, is designed to improve voice commands for lock partners …

Smart Homes

Law Enforcement Using Facebook And Apple To Data-Mine Accounts Of Trump Protest Arrestees

By Sarah Lazare, www.alternet.org<p>| Resist!<p>Above Photo: By Memorial Day weekend, Congress will likely have decided whether the federal government’s …

Justice

Surveillance state? More than half of councils give body cameras to staff

More than half of UK councils have given body-worn cameras to their officials to snoop on minor offences such as littering, bad parking and …

Knesset approves making biometric ID cards mandatory

The Knesset on Monday passed a controversial law that will obligate all Israeli citizens to obtain biometric ID cards, with their personal …

Surveillance

The FBI Wants Backdoors Because Hacking Is Hard

The Bureau is getting big bucks to fight encryption, but complains it can’t compete in the hacking department.<p>Since the start of the most recent encryption debate, lawful hacking has been pitched by many experts as a more desirable alternative to mandating that companies build government backdoors …

Privacy

World's Biggest Internet Hub Sues German Government Over Surveillance

The operator of the world’s largest Internet exchange point, De-Cix, is suing the German government in an attempt to stop mass surveillance by the …

Surveillance

Britain has passed the 'most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy'

The law forces UK internet providers to store browsing histories -- including domains visited -- for one year, in case of police investigations.<p>It's …

Surveillance

Dictionaries to the Rescue: On the Importance of Words in a Post-Truth Era

In his 1946 essay, <i>Politics and the English Language</i>, George Orwell discusses the consequences and causes of sloppy language. It’s a vicious …

Language

WATCH: Michael Moore says President Trump’s speech ushered in a “new chapter” of George Orwell’s “1984”

The director called the president a “narcissist” but also said that Trump “always knows what he’s doing”<p>Director and activist Michael Moore joined MSNBC's Chris Matthews Tuesday night to react to President Donald Trump's address to Congress. Moore found the speech perplexing because, at certain …

Donald Trump